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THE GRAND PUJA OF PURIFICATION, BLESSINGS & PROSPERITY (16 -18 Sept. 2011)

At the repetitive entreaties of his Malaysian followers, Rinpoche has compassionately accepted the request to conduct 'The Grand Puja of Purification, Blessings & Prosperity' in Malaysia from 16-18 September 2011.

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King Gesar Blessing Empowerment Buddha Akshobhya Purification Jangchok Naga Vases Grand Offering Puja

In the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, it's extremely rare for a high lama to perform Grand Naga Puja and Offerings as it's inappropriate to request such a high master to perform this time and effort consuming activities for worldly benefits.

However, at the adjuration of these devoted disciples, Rinpoche has finally agreed to perform 'The Grand Naga Vases Consecration & Offering Puja' as the main part of the 2011 Malaysia Grand Puja Program.

This grand puja consists of 'The Buddha Akshobhya Purification Jangchok Puja, King Gesar Blessing Empowerment and The Grand Naga Vases Offering Puja with the additional Thangtong Gyalpo's Prayer Teaching and Oral Transmission specially requested by Rinpoche to be given to his Malaysian disciples.   

Click here to view The 2011 Malaysia Grand Puja Program Details

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Below are the brief explanation on the puja and its benefits:

BUDDHA AKSHOBHYA JANGCHOK PUJA

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Dechen Choekhor's Buddha Akshobhya Thangka created according to the vision of the late 8th Kyabgon Adeu Rinpoche

Buddha Akshobhya, one of the Five Wisdom Buddhas, is regarded as especially powerful for purifying negative karma. Drukpa Choegon Lineage of Dechen Choekhor holds the main lineage of Buddha Akshobhya and is regarded as the very expert in the accomplishment of this very powerful practice of Buddha Akshobhya.

Click here to read full explanation of Buddha Akshobhya Practice's Lineage, Significance and Benefits.

Click here  to view the prayer text and listen to Rinpoche's chanting ...

 

BRIEF INTRODUCTION OF 'THANGTONG GYALPO PRAYER THAT LIBERATING SAKYA FROM DISEASE' 

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Mahasiddha Thangtong Gyalpo

This prayer was composed by the great compassionate Lord Chenrezig. It was passed down to Thangtong Gyalpo's teacher, and from there with the blessing of Lord Chenrezig, this prayer was practiced vastly by many great masters. Mahasiddha Thangtong Gyalpo was renowned as one of the greatest master who spreaded this practice across Tibet.

The brief history of this prayer: Once an epidemic was spreading rampantly at one of the great monastery of Sakya. Whatever the tantra masters tried -- effigies, tormas, medicines, mantras, protection amulets, and so forth -- had no effect, and the monastery was in danger of annihilation. At that time, the great Mahasiddha, Thangtong Gyalpo performed this prayer renowned as the vajra speech radiating masses of clouds of blessing entitled 'The Prayer Liberating Sakya from Disease', during which the entire epidemic immediately ceased in dependence upon its performance.

In the present time of degeneration where sentient beings are tormented by immense sufferings, physically and mentally, this prayer is akin precious soothing nectar. Thus, Rinpoche has compassionately requested the organiser to include the oral transmission and short teaching of this prayer to all His Malaysia's disciples.

Rinpoche has also thoughtfully recorded this prayer to be uploaded in his website to benefit all beings who have connection to hear this prayer, and particularly for his students who have received the oral transmission and wish to practice it. May all mother sentient beings be liberated swiftly from their current pains and sufferings.

Click here to view the prayer text and listen to Rinpoche's chanting ...

 

KING GESAR NORBU DRAKDUL EMPOWERMENT

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King Gesar Norbu Drakdul

King Gesar is widely known as a great warrior-king and protector of the Dharma. Gesar practice is especially effective to promote good life-force energy, for the fulfillment and success in one's worldly and spiritual pursues.

At the ultimate level, Gesar is Samantabadra-Vajradhara, the Primordial Rigden (King of Shambala). Gesar is the embodiment of the three great Bodhisattvas: Manjushri, Avalokiteshvara, and Vajrapani. He is the emanation of Guru Rinpoche who manifested as the enlightened warrior-king who revived the Buddha's teachings and re-established the Dharma practices in Central Asia at a time of great turmoil. He is completely inseparable from Guru Rinpoche and thus can be practiced as both Yidam and Protector.

Rinpoche received the Gesar's transmission from His three root gurus - 8th Kyabgon Adeu Rinpoche, H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and 8th Kyabgon Khamtrul Rinpoche who have very close link to King Gesar. Thus, the Gesar Lineage held by His Eminent is considered very special and precious.

Click here   to view the prayer text and listen to Rinpoche's chanting ...

 

The Inner Meaning of Empowerment & Important Points to Note:

Initiation or Empowerment (Tib: dbang; pronounced as 'Wang'), generally can be likened to planting the seed of enlightenment in the mind of the receivers. With proper guidance and blessing of one's realized guru couple with diligent practices, this will lead to inner transformation and eventually progress towards the awakening of the inherent wisdom and enlightened qualities.

Empowerment in a more profound aspect, is the ripening of the mind stream or continuum of the qualified disciples through the transmission of esoteric wisdom and realization from an enlightened master.

In order to receive such blessings, the recipients are advise to try their best to emulate the below essential instructions during empowerment:  

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    • The Vajra Master - must be viewed as the Deity
    • The Teaching - has to be treated as the Tantra teaching of the Deity, and follow every      instruction of the Vajra Master.
    • The Recipient - has to visualize themselves in the form of the Deity (not their ordinary appearance)
    • The Time ­- must be perceived as a continuity that should never be broken
    • The Place - should be viewed as the Mandala or Pureland of the Deity

If you could not follow the practice in this way, at least you must not allow your mind to wander around, thinking all sorts of things, but try to remain in meditation, visualize the Deity or recite His mantra. Do not make noise or engage in idle chats.

 

THE AUSPICIOUS AND RARE GRAND NAGA VASES CONSECRATION & OFFERING PUJA OF THE HIGHER TANTRA

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The Naga's Practice Thangka according to the Higher Tantra of Dechen Choekhor Monastery: (center top) Buddha Nagesvara - The Lord of All Nagas; (center middle) The Chief Naga King; (surround) The 8 Great Naga Kings

What are the Nagas?

Nagas are kind of long-lived serpent like beings who generally live in oceans and bodies of water. There are many classes of Nagas.  The majority belong to the animal realm, some are like hungry ghosts and hell beings, experiencing great suffering and, some are like gods that possess great power and are able to grant relative siddhis to humans. These Nagas possess great worldly powers and are able to heal sickness, affect weather, and bestow various types of wealth etc. Sometimes great Bodhisattvas take birth as Nagas in order to benefit sentient beings.

Humans engage in Naga practices in order to accomplish worldly benefits such as to heal sickness, bring rain, attract wealth etc . . . From the Vajrayana perspective, one may engage in Naga practices where one makes offerings to Nagas in order to remove worldly obstacles and accomplish worldly siddhis . . . to help create a spiritual fortunate circumstance to assist one's journey to enlightenment. For advance tantric practitioners, the Nagas hold a deeper esoteric significance which will not be discussed here.

It is important to understand that Nagas are worldly beings who have not obtained freedom from Samsara and thus could not provide ultimate refuge.

Why Is There a Need for Naga Practice?

 The Buddha has stated in the Sutras that there are many Nagas who are tasked with the responsibility of caring for various areas such as the seas, lakes, rivers, and mountains. These Nagas benefit their respective areas of care and prevent the inhabitants from being struck by misfortunes such as sickness, man-made or natural calamities. It's believed that Nagas are the guardian of water and earthly treasures; and live in extremely clean environment such as deep oceans and pristine mountainous area.

However, the Nagas themselves are also subjected to various misfortunes cause by environmental disturbances in where they live, such as manmade pollutions, dumping of chemical waste, blood and flesh of the slaughtered animals, war weapons etc caused the Nagas to suffer tremendously.

At the same time, out of ignorance, humans have committed various negativities such as ruthlessness and brutality toward marine lives, unending wars and fights that killed countless beings, uncontrolled logging that lead to forest degradation, excessive mining to deprive the treasures of mother-earth etc. These actions provoke the Naga's displeasure towards mankind.  The expression of the Nagas' discontent and agitation can be felt in the form of various calamities such as tsunami, floods, earthquakes, droughts, typhoons and so forth. They are also capable of inflicting incurable, unknown and persistent illness to mankind.

Therefore, the Buddha taught many methods of removing such circumstances and difficulties related to the Nagas. Guru Rinpoche, too, has given instructions for the removal of these obstacles. One way is by offering the Naga vase. With the offering of these precious vases, it helps to cure the Naga's sicknesses, replenishes the earth's riches and repair mankind relationship with the Nagas. This relieves Nagas from their present pains and sufferings, and pacifies their resentment towards mankind. Thus one's obstacle with the Nagas will be eliminated.

What are Naga Vases & the Benefits of Offering it?

The Naga Vase has to be well consecrated with numerous substances including a type of very rare and sacred preparation. Other main substances are the five metals (gold, silver, iron, copper, zinc), precious stones, Dharma pills, medicinal herbs, sang powder, and relevant mantras. Finally, the Naga vases has to be consecrated and blessed by the qualified master and monks.

The vases are then offered into the ocean, lake, river, or spring falls preceded by a specific rituals and puja. During the ceremony, fresh milk is poured into the water site as an auspicious offering. Properly done, the puja will pacify their illnesses, end their sufferings, restore their dwelling environments and revive the wealth and energy of the Nagas. As such they will seek to benefit the virtuous individuals who have offered the Naga vases, thus bringing forth good fortunes and favourable circumstances.

SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF NAGA PUJA & OFFERING:

  1. One will have good health and good fortune; obstacles are removed and Nagas inflicted sicknesses will be eliminated.
  2. One will always meet with good companions.
  3. Increase one's merits accumulation.
  4. Foster happiness and harmony in one's family.
  5. Bring positive influences in one's spiritual practice.
  6. Attract wealth and prosperity.
  7. Promotes one's social status and fame.
  8. Assist one's gaining confidence and support from devotees.
  9. There will be good harvest of all crops.
  10. There will be fine weather and appropriate rainfalls in the area.
  11. There will be Peace & Prosperity in the country

How to Offer Naga Vase?

With a compassionate heart, we think of the sufferings endure by the Nagas, and pray sincerely for the recovery, peace and wellbeing of the injured and distressed Nagas:

"May the Nagas be free from all their sufferings;

 May they have peace, good health, long life and enjoy abundances;

May they attain the perfect Buddhahood soonest".

As with all other practices, one should always dedicate the merits towards the fulfillment of one aspiration, and that of all sentient beings:

"May all beings afflicted by the wrath of the Nagas be forgiven, and

 May they meet with the cessation of their ailments;

 By this generosity, may all beings awaken to the mind of enlightenment, and

May this Naga offering assure prosperity for all beings."

For those who wish to join the Grand Naga Vase Puja & Offering, please read carefully the 'The Rules to Observe for Participants' under the 2011 Malaysia Grand Puja Program for Kuala Lumpur

 
  
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